Recipients of Funding


Sporting Recipients

Support for young local Sportspeople

The Trust provides small grants to local children and young adults to enable them to attend sporting competitions or to advance their sporting development.

 Recipients include:

  • Asher Gilpin (Tae Kwon Do)
  • Cheree Kinnear (Archery)
  • Emma Bavelaar (Underwater Hockey)
  • Francis Morrison and Tom Staples (Rugby League)
  • Sam Cummins and Daniel Williamson (Rowing)
  • Lachlan Haitana (Marathon Running)
  • Sam MacKay (Tae Kwon Do)
  • Renee Cure (Cheerleading)
  • Harrison Bain (Ice Figure Skating)

James Wilson represented the Special Olympics NZ World Games team in Powerlifting in Abu Dhabi. Read more about James here.

Charlotte Rayner received funding to contribute towards the costs of competing in Europe to represent New Zealand in World Cup Mountain Biking events. Read more about Charlotte here. 

Trent Dodds A local Triathlete and mentor received funding for running shoes and goggles. Read more about Trent here.

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Vocational Recipients

Vocational and Environmental concerns

Coastguard Maraetai received funding to send a crew member on an advanced Pre-Hospital Emergency Care First Aid Course.

The Beachlands Toy Library has been provided with a new laptop, sourced by the Trust.

The Beachlands Community Trust – received funding to attend the NZ Blue Light Conference.

The Pohutukawa Coast Girl Guides received funding to assist nine local girls to attend the national guiding jamboree in Christchurch.

The Te Puru Sea Scouts received funding to enable volunteer Adult Scout Leaders to attend a Scouting Advanced Personal Development and Leadership Course, to support the growth in scout numbers.

The Log Cabin Community Trust were given some unwanted computers which were sourced by the Pohutukawa Coast Helping Hand Trust. The computers are used to provide computer training to the community.  

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Educational Recipients

Support for our local schools 

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Water safety: Local Rowan Muir teamed up with the Pohutukawa Coast helping Hand Trust and the Franklin Local Board to fund water safety courses in local schools, Read press release here.

Robotics: Beachlands School received funding for 5 x robotics kits and laptops to support learning for boys.

Peer Support: Beachlands and Maraetai Beach Schools, supported by the Beachlands Baptist Church, received funding support for a part-time community peer support worker available for intermediate aged pupils.

School Camps: Local schools received funding to enable students to attend school camps. While much fundraising is done to reduce the camp fees, some local families are unable to afford the camp fees.

AIMS Games: Local schools receive funding for intermediate-aged children to attend the AIMS Games in Tauranga. The Trust is impressed that the students do a significant amount of their own fundraising.  The grants enable the intermediate-aged children to have the opportunity to complete against other students at the top of their field, and to see what they can aim for themselves.

Environment and sustainability: Maraetai Beach School received funding assistance to help the children establish a school orchard and learn about the environment and sustainability.

Team Building: Maraetai Beach School staff were awarded a ‘Corporate Challenge’ team building course, which was kindly donated to the Trust by the Pohutukawa Coast Cancer Appeal 2013.  They had won the course for raising the most amount of money and wanted to see it used by a group within the Community.

Rehabilitative Recipients

Support for Rehabilitative Purposes

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Riley Dexter received funding for Parkour classes to support his rehabilitation after a serious illness.

Tracey-Lee Dalton received funding to cover conference fees, enabling her to attend and present as an invited speaker at the 2015 International Carers Conference in Sweden.

Fiona Kenworthy received funding to cover her airfare costs, to enable her to continue her volunteer community work with children in Vanuatu.  

A local teenager was provided with tools to support him with his building apprenticeship.

Charlie Riley received assistance from the Trust to facilitate the purchase of 15 sets of focus mitts and kickpads. This equipment has enabled Charlie to provide free group community self defense courses, teaching the fundamentals of how to defend yourself, including de-escalation, avoidance tactics and common sense.

A laptop sourced by the Trust was provided to a local student, to assist her with her tertiary studies.

Funding has been provided to a local intermediate student to receive extra tuition needed to catch up to peers, having missed a lot of school due to a serious health condition.

The Trust provided funding for a local young person with Downs Syndrome to complete a programme of speech therapy provided by Small Talk. This programmed helped to improve their ability to communicate. 



More about our recipients:

Riley Dexter’s Testimony

Riley Dexter’s Testimony

As locals of the community we were very appreciative of the opportunity to have support given to us by the Pohutukawa Coast Helping Hand trust after our son was struck with an unfortunate medical event.

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Charlie Riley

Charlie Riley

A local martial arts and self defence instructor Charlie Riley approached the Pohutukawa Coast Helping Hand Trust (PCHHT) earlier this year seeking help to obtain training gear for free community based self-defense classes being held in Maraetai.

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Cheree Kinnear

Cheree Kinnear

I received a PCHHT grant in 2014 which helped me to compete at the Youth Nationals in Australia. With the help of the community grant, it was an excellent platform for me to launch into a higher level at my sport. Now I am training hard to get to the World Stage 1 and World Championships in 2017.

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